Section: Avodah Category: Tefila
|Tefila: While Saying Shema... Maybe You Should Think About Your Job?|
It is brought down that there is a special Inyan while saying the first pasuk of Shema to picture yourself dying "Al Kiddush Hashem." In Shema we say we love Hashem, "Bichol Nafshecha U'Bichol Mi'odecha"; with our very lives and all our money. The Gemara says that for people who value their money more than their lives, their ultimate sacrifice would be to become penniless on Hashem's account. Logically, it follows that for a person who can easier see himself dead than as a complete pauper and have to face up to his friends, family, grocery, bank, bills, etc., the ultimate Mesiras Nefesh for Hashem is exactly that.